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ditto1
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Yes tommorrow, 8-10-2012 my final RAD treatment 33 of 33. Wow to say it was a rough road to travel would be a bit of an understatment, but I have to admit (for all the newbies about to go thru it) it was not as bad as I anticipated. Redundant thats a different story. So as I type this my neck is Bright Red, and slightly on fire, Doc says it should bounce back quickly after RADS. Thoart is hanging in there survived so far with no peg, lost about 18 pounds but I was good up to 25 in my opinion. I have one more Eributux on Monday, total of 9 and then I will try and regroup and wait for the day of reconing of my 1st Scan. But that is later, now I just want to spend my last 15 minutes with the Mask and move on. So tommorrow about 10:50 I should be ringing the BELL, I will ring it 3 times. 1st for God and his grace to get thru this, 2nd time for Diane and Emily my care takers, and 3rd for me and the fact that I did what at one point I thought was undoable. And thats where you all come in, you made it doable for me and Diane. I feel like I have a very large family on this site that never failed us at any time day or nite when we needed a lift, a push or a shoulder to cry on. The Wisdom and Humor you all have shared with us in priceless. And we truly appreciate each of you. So Im releasing the brakes on this old bus and heading down the road.

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Greend
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Ya done good. I know it is a relief.

Denny

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CivilMatt
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Joined: May 2012

Hi ditto1,

Seems like yesterday you were learning to fly, now look at you. Congratulations and the best of luck as you continue on your journey. Remember the Silver Sulfadiazine Cream works great for neck burns. I also went through the Erbitux and radiation (how’s the rash).

Now I have a reason to ring my bell tomorrow morning.

Best,

Matt

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phrannie51
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for you and Diane!! Isn't it an amazing feeling to be looking at the very last time you ever have to don the mask...that instead, tomorrow you'll be carrying it out of there under your arm...never to be worn again!?

It's also wonderful that you have your last chemo right on the tail end, so you can begin to heal in earnest when you recover from that.

We've ridden this bus together for months now, do you suppose it will continue to tour once we are all done, and take us to our favorite restaurants? :)

You have accomplished a significant feat, you know. I think back on the whole mask thing, getting from point A to point B took so much courage...

Get your dancing shoes on, I'm gonna dance you around the kitchen tomorrow :).

p

boardwalkgirl
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Joined: Jun 2012

Congrats! I know how exciting that day is for you! Now on to recovery. I'll be thinking of you tomorrow. And I second the using of the Silver Sulfadine Cream. It works wonderful.

katenorwood
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Joined: May 2012

ditto1,
This is such good news. You have been such a trooper through all of it ! Ring that bell with pride and a huge smile ! Congrads ! Katie

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Billie67
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We haven't chatted much as I'm relatively new to this site but i am so happy for you! I had my last day 7weeks ago tomorrow. Ring that bell with everything you have in you! My husband actually bought me a bell too to hang on my wall at home and it's called "billies Bell" we now ring it on special occasions. You can bet at 10:50 tomorrow morning my time (California) I'll be ringing my bell for you.
Good luck and happy healing to you.....great job!!!!
Billie
P.S. I'm also an Erbitux girl, hope you didn't get too bad of the rash

Sam999
Posts: 305
Joined: Mar 2012

Great news! Been there just a few weeks ago :)

It will feel so good to sleep in and not worry about the mask!

Sam

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Skiffin16
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Joined: Sep 2009

Congrats on a job well done.... Oh, sorry I guess I shouldn't say "well done" with your neck in the condition it is...bawahahaha...

I can only say that because most of us have been there done that, and now so have you.

Don't get too discouraged if you don't "bounce back" as quick as you MD suggests..obviously most of them have not walked the path we have.

But.....you are done, and even though you might take two steps forward and one back...soon there will be more steps forward and a lot less back.

Best to you and the mrs...
John

Vikeman10
Posts: 62
Joined: Jul 2012

I finished mine 1 month ago, and now it seems like forever. Wish you well on recovery down the road.

Randy

Vikeman10
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Joined: Jul 2012

I finished mine 1 month ago, and now it seems like forever. Wish you well on recovery down the road.

Randy

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Greg53
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Joined: Apr 2010

I thought I was dreaming and hearing bells. Must've been everyone finishing up those rads! Congrats Ditto.

Greg

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Tim6003
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Joined: Nov 2011

Great news Doug...so very happy for you...ring away man, ring away!!!

Best,

Tim

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Pam M
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Joined: Nov 2009

Even though things may take longer to recover than you'd hope (and I hope you're out of the ordinary, and start improving right away), it's really good to know you're not doing anything else to damage yourself. Hope your recovery is quick, and boring from the doc's point of view.

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Tonsil Dad
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Joined: Dec 2011

Congrats on the last Rad Ditto1, hope your recovery
will be free of any side effects.

God bless
Tonsil dad,

Dan.

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Laralyn
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That's great news! Now you can get some rest and focus on healing and recovery! :-)

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Tim6003
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Joined: Nov 2011

Just kidding ...but today was the last day and I hope you got to ring that bell like you planned... :)

Tim

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hwt
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Joined: Jun 2012

Happy for you and your family!

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fisrpotpe
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Joined: Aug 2010

Another bell ringer means another survivor moves on, congrats.

john

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jim and i
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Joined: May 2011

Big sigh, everything is looking up now. Pray your recovery is fast and an easy one.

Blessings,
Debbie

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Crazymom
Posts: 295
Joined: Nov 2011

Congratulations! Life is fixing to get better. I am 5 months outfrom last RAD and just spent a week on vacation with my kids in Florida on the beach, swimming with manatees, and scalloping. I cannot believe how much better I am. The two weeks after my last Radiation were the worst. Good luck!

Ann

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Skiffin16
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Joined: Sep 2009

You mean you were down around Homosassa, Steinhatchee or Yankeetown and you didn't let me know....

It's been hot, but pretty nice other than the usual afternoon thunder storms.

JG

ditto1
Posts: 630
Joined: Mar 2012

It was tough, thank God it was my last RAD, since my neck had reached the Inferno stage, had my typical 15 minute prayer session and when I heard the lady say 1 more Zap over the microphone I just said Thankyou Jesus. I figured when I left the room I would be all smiles, but for somereason it came out as tears, yep something about this stuff that allows tears to kind of show up more than they used to. Not really sure, maybe tears of Joy, but then came the Bell ringing and yes it was so good to be done. Now as I write this with my bandana wrapped around my neck to cover the Burn Goop Cream, but today I can move my neck better than yesterday. After Monday and the final Erbitux treatment we will begin the recovery journey. So just wanted to update my friends on the final few minutes leading up to the bell ringing and 24 hours of recovery. Matt minor pimples from the Erbitux but so far so good taking the meds prescribed for it. P51 as for your Bus question, I believe our Bus is going to be around until this disease is wiped out, we just have to exchange seats with the newbies and to hopefully help them know what to expect and to be part of a great family. Again God Bless all of you.

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hwt
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I also cried when I rang the bell. I assumed I was crying for happy but it was a strange feeling of emotions.

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